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October 19th, 2010
A Florida man drowned Monday when the lawn mower he was driving rolled into a pond.
Leroy Herbert Thomas, 72, Avon Park, Fla. was mowing around a pond at the residence of his son, Brian on Old Trail Road, when according to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the lawnmower, he was driving tumbled down a steep bank and into the water.
Thomas was trapped under the mower and drowned, according to Whitley County Deputy Coroner C. Taron Smith.
â€śHe just got too close to the edge of the pond,â€ť said Smith.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first of three articles looking at renovation projects at Richland Township churches.
If you check out the number of churches in Richland Township on the Whitley County Historical Museum website, there are only three listed: The Larwill Wesleyan Church, the Larwill Methodist Church and the New Hope Wesleyan Church.
All three churches are located in one of the least populous townships of Whitley County and, according to census records, had more citizens in 1890, than any year since.
If Whitley County residents needed any more assurance of the need for a county-wide ban on open burning, this past weekendâ€™s activity of the countyâ€™s fire departments provided all the evidence necessary.
At least nine non-structural fires involving grass, crops, trees and brush were reported to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department from Friday through Sunday.
Smith Township firefighters responded to a fire in a harvested cornfield at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when a resident burning debris had embers catch the dry cornstalks ablaze.
Columbia Cityâ€™s hot spot for cooling down faces challenges as it enters into the second half of its first century.
The Burnworth Memorial Pool turned 50 this year and is beginning to show its age like a person of the same number of years â€” with visible and not-so-visible signs of wear and tear from decades of activity and exposure to the elements.
Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said this week the once state-of-the-art swimming facility is becoming obsolete in addition to age-worn.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The first phase of South Whitleyâ€™s stormwater project is nearly complete.
Members of the council heard a report from David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink who attended the meeting with engineer Nathan Anderson Tuesday. Anderson has been highly involved in the townâ€™s storm water project.
LARWILL - Town council members are still concerned with the property at 202 N. Center Street which was evacuated last spring due to several violations of the townâ€™s unsafe building ordinance per Chief Inspector Craig Wagner with the Whitley County Planning and Building Department.
Whitley County emergency officials and representatives from the Department of Transportation converged on Main Street in the southern end of Columbia City Thursday evening to assist in the transport of large pipes across the railroad tracks. The pipes, which are the base for wind turbines, span 156 feet and weigh 165,000 pounds, are not allowed on interstate highways and are traveling from Tulsa Okla. to Canada. Transporting the pipes is so arduous for truck drivers that it took two hours just to travel 12 miles out of Tulsa.
Traditionally, when the economy slows down, the need for services at public libraries picks up.
Unfortunately, with library funding coming mainly from property taxes, economic slow downs mean library budgets may take a hit, causing decreases in services or staff, just when they need them most.
According to published reports, many of the larger libraries throughout the state are doing just that. The Indianapolis library officials announced at the end of September a cut in hours of operation by 26 percent and a loss of 35 to 40 jobs.
A rate increase for sewer customers in the Tri-Lakes area has been snuffed out, at least for the foreseeable future.
On Monday, the Tri-Lakes Regional Sewer District Authority voted unanimously to rescind the bump in sewer bill payments that, for the residents paying the lowest sewer payments, amounted to a more than doubling of their monthly sewer bills.
The seven-person board voted unanimously to cancel the ordinance that increased monthly payments by $12.83.
Before the hike, Tri-Lakes residents paid sewer bills according to three rate structures.